Thanks to Poetry Foundation for running part of the terrific 1980 conversation between John Ashbery & David Remnick

Poetry Foundation

Poetry Foundation

"Issue Four of the Bennington Review is out, and while most of it must be read while holding the actual journal, a few online features dot the table of contents, including a re-presentation of a 1980 interview between John Ashbery and David Remnick. "This historical document captures Ashbery's thoughts and insights just a few years after his trifecta win of the National Book Award, the National Book Critics' Circle Award, and the Pulitzer Prize for Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror," write the editors."

—Harriet Staff

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Originally Published: January 31st, 2018

Check out this rapturous review of Issue 4 contributor Natalie Eilbert's poem "The Lake" by Platypus Press!

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"As a reader, I hope I never lose the sense of wonder that comes from watching worlds unfold from just a few scant lines and breaks swallowed by negative space. There’s a special, charged energy when I read a poem. My expectations (as much as I try to downplay them) are calibrated around an amorphous space of abstraction and observation, of craft and purpose.

Maybe this is why long poems are so very special to me as a reader and a writer. The ability to stay within that space, to push the edges of where a poem wants to go and what it wants to say, for pages and pages is a wonder to me..."

—Nix Thérèse

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Bennington Review's ISSUE THREE: THREAT Reviewed by NewPages!


Jakub Geltner, Cultural Landscape”

Cultural Landscape,” the cover image by Jakub Geltner that kicks off Issue Three: Threat, is a special kind of eye-catcher. A slice of pizza hangs precariously over a table’s edge, its cheese replaced by grass, its toppings swapped for uprooted trees and tumbling cars caught up in some unfamiliar landslide, slipping toward an undefined kind of doom.

The mood set, Editor Michael Dumanis explains that the issue’s theme threat was chosen on November 10, 2016, two days after “a certain historical event.” He writes that, as a result of this sudden sense of dislocation and anxiety, the editors “gravitated toward poems and stories and essays where paradigms where [sic] similarly disrupted, where characters suddenly found themselves destabilized by external forces, where institutions and individuals in which we’d placed our trust failed to hold up their end of the bargain.”

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Congratulations to Lauren Haldeman, Bennington Review web designer and contributor to our Winter Issue, Issue Four, coming soon! Winner of the 2017 Colorado Prize for Poetry!

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 “With an extraordinarily light touch, Lauren Haldeman glides us through the peregrinations of grief and delight with a revivifying play and formal resourcefulness. Instead of Dying shows us that whimsy, that the imagination sustains life.”

—Dean Young

“Each of the seven sections of Instead of Dying delivers singular shocks and unanswerable questions. Guided by great figures in the history of science, these poems court the mystery lying beyond the precision of language and symbols in ‘the spell of the world pouring down.’ Lauren Haldeman’s writing opens us toward the work of mourning. Did I say work? Rather call it song.”

—Susan Howe

“In this searing book, Lauren Haldeman designs a series of intricate afterlives for her lost brother, braiding these memorials with poignant lyrics that chart the personal outlines of grief. Haldeman offers these poems as acts of generosity, but be warned: her ‘crystalline path’ is a sharp one, to be walked not by the dead, but by those left behind to make sense of loss. Instead of Dying is part elegy, part star map, part book of cures. Here, the body may be healed by syringes filled with sunlight, by secret walks in the woods, and above all, by language itself, which emerges, powerfully, to move us toward the light of forgiveness even in our darkest hour.”

—Kiki Petrosino

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Congratulations to all our Bennington Review contributors noted in Best American Stories 2017 and Best American Essays 2017!


Distinguished Story,
Best American Short Stories 2017

Keya Mitra 
“My Child of Stone,” Issue 2


Notable Essay,
Best American Essays 2017

David Stuart Maclean
"Golden Friendship Club," Issue 1

Notable Essay,
Best American Essays 2017

Tanya McQueen
"After Water Comes the Fire," Issue 2

Notable Special Issues of 2017,
Best American Essays 2017

“Misbegotten Youth," Issue 2
Ed. by Michael Dumanis


Bennington Review welcomes novelist and memoirist Benjamin Anastas as our Fiction Editor!


Benjamin Anastas is the author of the novels An Underachiever’s Diary (Dial Press) and The Faithful Narrative of a Pastor’s Disappearance (FSG). His memoir Too Good to Be True (Little A) was a national bestseller. His essays, reviews, short fiction, and other work have appeared in The New York Times MagazineHarper'sThe New RepublicThe Paris ReviewThe Yale ReviewBookforum, and The Best American Essays anthology. He teaches literature at Bennington College and is on the core faculty of the Bennington Writing Seminars MFA program. 

Bennington Review takes AWP 2017

Bennington Review will be tabling at the upcoming AWP Conference in Washington, DC on February 8th through February 11th. Stop by table 435-T to pick up a copy of our latest issue, Misbegotten Youth, and swing by our offsite event on Friday: 


Bennington Review and Oversound
present AWP at 51st State


Friday, February 10th, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  • 51st State Tavern
  • 2512 L St NW, Washington, DC 20037

Free admission. Copies of Bennington Review and Oversound, food, and drinks will be available for purchase. 

Sara Deniz Akant, Ari Banias, Julie Carr, Dan Chelotti, Erica Dawson, Robert FernandezJames Allen Hall, Paul Killebrew, Evan Lavender-Smith, Adrienne Raphel, Lindsay Turner, Candace Williams, Ronaldo Wilson, Jane Wong, Ryo Yamaguchi, and Magdalena Zurawski.